Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Woman Tells of Fake Nude Photos Online

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Woman Tells of Fake Nude Photos Online

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"To have to tell your parents that there are naked pictures of you online is a terrifying experience."

Katie Krausz

PARAMUS — For the past eight years, a 27-year-old borough resident felt compelled to disclose when starting a new job or a new relationship that fake nude photos of herself existed on the Internet.

Though she never put up or posed for explicit photos, Katie Krausz said she had to be upfront about the digitally altered images out there — even with family.

"To have to tell your parents that there are naked pictures of you online is a terrifying experience, especially considering I know I never had a naked picture," said Krausz. "So the only thing I was able to find comfort in this whole time was that I knew that I was telling the truth."

After the Nov. 27 arrest of Old Tappan resident Daniel Pfeiffer, 28, on charges including invasion of privacy of a different woman, Krausz said she wanted to share her story publicly. Krausz said photos that first surfaced in April 2011 were posted to the Internet by Pfeiffer, who has not been charged with any crime in the Krausz case.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office told her no criminality could be proved, Krausz said. The Prosecutor's Office told The Record and NorthJersey.com they could not comment on Krausz's situation because it did not lead to criminal conviction.

"When I say I went into job interviews and had them know everything that was on the table, nine times out of 10, they pull up a computer and look" at the photos while I am sitting there, said Krausz, who works in the health care field. "So it's an embarrassing thing to happen, but it's something that I've tried taking in stride and using it to make sure something gets done about it."

Pfeiffer's lawyer, Raymond Flood, would only say his client has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

In April 2011, Krausz said, she received "lewd comments" on Facebook and figured her account was hacked. She then saw her face plastered online with a nude body.

"I reached out to a mutual friend on the Old Tappan Fire Department and I said, 'Listen, I don't know where this came from.' I'm shocked as it is," Krausz said. "And he turned around and said, 'This is something Dan has been doing for years.' "

The photos allegedly posted of Krausz by Pfeiffer came as a surprise to her, she said. Their fathers knew each other. Krausz's father is a volunteer firefighter in Old Tappan. Krausz said Pfeiffer was a family friend and it never went beyond that.

Reached by phone, Pfeiffer's mother declined to comment.

Krausz said she went to the Prosecutor's Office in the hope of removing the photos, but they remained.

"It's disgusting," said Krausz's mother, Kathy Krausz. "You want to get physical. How could you not when it's your own daughter?"

The New Jersey State Police investigates identity theft cases. …

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